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The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame plans to honor the Class of 2022

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Sunday May 29, 2022 | 11:01 a.m


The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame is scheduled to honor sporting greats again this year.

The committee charged with the preliminary selection of the class of 2022 is scheduled to meet this month to conclude the class and also discuss other matters related to the banquet and induction ceremony in November, the Hall of Fame chairman said, Tony Petrocelli.

Petrocelli said he looks forward to the immediate future of the Hall of Fame, which will be inducting new members for the first time since 2019.

After the Class of 2019 was anchored this October, committee members looked forward to the next biennial induction ceremony in 2021.

However, the ongoing Covid pandemic killed the opportunity to start a new introductory class and plans have been postponed until this year. Petrocelli said the decision was made proactively in the fall of 2020 as the ongoing pandemic created a lot of long-term uncertainty.

“Rather than hold a seat, I sent out a letter to everyone basically saying we were skipping the 2021 banquet,” Petrocelli said last summer.

Petrocelli said this year’s selection process began with a strong group of nominees — coaches, athletes and teams — “who have excelled in athletics at Gateway.”

The Hall of Fame inducted one class every year from 1999 to 2011, but decided to defer inductions to every other year, beginning with the 2013 class of John Nemec, Vince Lamberti, Mike Livorio, Shannon Ruane, Mike Rugh, Rege Laughlin, the 1983 Gators baseball team and 1965-66 wrestling team.

Petrocelli said the decision was made to go every two years to keep the Hall of Famer fresh.

The Class of 2019, 16th since the Hall of Fame’s inception two decades ago, consisted of athletes Paul Krusey (football, basketball, track and field), Gregg Nemec (football, wrestling), Crista Coles (football), Matt Houy (football ) and Katrina Streiner (Baden); former Gators football coach Russ Gratton; and the record-breaking 1976 boys’ track and field team.

In all, the Hall of Fame has enshrined 79 individual athletes, 18 coaches, a quartet of swim relays, seven teams and five other contributors to the success of Gateway Athletics.

Hall of Famers Pete Antimarino, Larry Hanley, Terry Smith, Michelle Chow, Melanie Morgan, Curtis Bray, Justin King, and the 1986 WPIAL and PIAA football team were also inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

Petrocelli said plans are also progressing to build a Hall of Famer website that would be fully funded by current Hall of Famers.

The website, Petrocelli said, will feature many pictures from each induction banquet, biographies of each initiate and any other items an initiate may wish to submit from their high school days.

The Furrie Sports Complex houses banners recognizing each Hall of Fame class, and a Hall of Fame room in the front foyer displays induction plaques and other forms of recognition.

Petrocelli said the space filled up quickly and he hopes that with the support of the Gateway School Board it can one day be expanded to other parts of the facility.

To nominate someone for the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame, send information showing why the athlete, coach, or team deserves consideration to Gateway Sports Hall of Fame, Attention: Nominating Committee, 103 Trotwood Drive, Monroeville, PA, 15146.

Michael Love is a contributor to the Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael via email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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